KSman, Thank you for your reply. I have read all the stickies...maybe I am just having a tough time digesting it all. I will re-read them.
Here is my stats:
-waist at natural bend above navel:36.5/ at navel:39.5
-describe body and facial hair: no probs growing beard, and hair everwhere else.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed:
I carry most if not all fat around my waist,belly,lower back and chest. look lean everywhere else.
-health conditions, symptoms [history] : I have 2 herniated discs, severe DDD, and grade one listhesis in the S1, and L5 regions. I have been fat since high school with some yoyo diets thrown in there as the years progressed. My highest weight was 232 in high school. Before starting TRT I had low libido, ED, no energy or motivation, depression (from not being able to attain any goals with my body, despite best efforts for several years, bad memory, brain fog, barely any results regarding strength or muscle gain and fat loss despite several years of weights and diet and cardio. Anxiety, I believe from not being comfortable in my own skin...due to above...at some points I was "skinny fat", other times I was just fat. I had no confidence as well. TRT has changed that so far.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever: I take naproxen,tramadol during the day as needed for pain. I take flexeril at night (one). I also take 2 fish oil caps/day 1400mg total / 900mg omega 3 in each tablet, 2 calcium tabs/day 600mg, one b12 tab 1000mcg/day, one multi vit./day, one vit D3 (5000) / day. No hair loss drugs, no prostate drugs.
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets]: I am currently on 1g/lb. bw of protein and low fat diet eating 2700 calories/day. In the past, I had yoyo diets, but I don't ever recall eating less than 1800 cal/day.
-describe training [some ruin there hormones by over training]: I am doing full body workouts focused around compound movements with one exercise/bp done mon.,wed.,and fri.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? Testes ache occasionally in the past 2 weeks. No fevers.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: both have come back to life since TRT!\
I work in a lab and have run "shotgun" labs in Chemistry. All labs except Testosterone were normal. Testosterone total is the only T test we do, and we don't do Estradiol. My LH, and FSH were normal before going to TRT. Now they are like 0.1 or something. My T were 1.93, 383, 354, and 339 concurrenty before TRT. I don't know what the FT was at that time because we don't test for that either. I use iodized salt frequently, so I don't think there is a problem there.
I mis-typed the dosing question earlier about 1mg 2 times a week, I meant to convey .5 2 times a week for a total of 1mg/week. Didn't catch it until you mentioned it.
I really want to stick with the 1/week shot for now anyway. Given that, Can I still take .5 arimedex at time of shot, and take the other .5mg a few days later?
Yes, I am feeling a lot better, and I have not had any side effects except slight testicle ache every now and then. I am just trying to be as pro-active as I can be...for me.
I am not drug seeking, and I am not thinking that more T is the answer. If that was the case, I would be wanting more T...I am not. I just want to be and stay in the higher end of normal range, so that I can live a happy and full life.
I have also had a MRI of the brain to include pituitary with and without dye. The results were normal.
I think I have provided all that is needed. I HIGHLY appreciate everyone's time and valuable input. You have and are making a valuable contribution to my health and my life.